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No. 17 Michigan 58, Indiana 0
Associated Press


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Anthony Thomas ran for three touchdowns and Drew Henson threw two scoring passes to David Terrell as No. 18 Michigan beat Indiana 58-0 on Saturday.

Anthony Thomas runs over Indiana cornerback Duane Stone on his way to a 7-yard touchdown on Saturday.

Thomas finished with 95 yards rushing and tied Tyrone Wheatley (1991-94) on the school's career rushing touchdowns list with 47. He scored in each of the first three quarters, including Michigan's record-tying, 35-point second quarter.

The victory left the No. 18 Wolverines (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) tied for the conference lead with Purdue, Northwestern and Minnesota. Ohio State is a half-game behind at 2-1 after losing to Minnesota at home.

The Hoosiers (2-4, 1-2) went into Ann Arbor averaging 38.4 points, 11th-best in the nation. But quarterback Antwaan Randle El got little help from his teammates, whose miscues included a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Michigan's Marquise Walker.

Randle El ran for 39 yards and completed 13-of-27 passes for 111 yards. He became the second player to run for 2,000 yards and pass for 5,000 in a career. Southwestern Louisiana's Brian Mitchell ran for 3,335 and threw for 5,447 from 1987-89.

That was about all Randle El would have to show for his efforts Saturday, when he was intercepted once and lost a fumble.

Henson finished 14-of-18 for 233 yards.

Michigan, coming off a 32-21 loss at at Purdue last week, electrified the Homecoming crowd of 110,909 with five touchdowns over a 9:01 span of the second quarter, starting when Walker blocked Ryan Hamre's punt, picked it up on the first bounce and raced 41 yards for a score with 11:12.

Henson and Terrell connected on touchdown passes of 27 and 43 yards, each coming on the Wolverines' first play from scrimmage. Those scores were sandwiched around Thomas' 6-yard TD run up the middle _ following a 75-yard pass from Henson to Walker _ and an off-tackle slant that Chris Perry turned into a 22-yard score.

The 35 second-quarter points tied the school record for points set in 1982 against Northwestern and tied in 1992 against Houston. Michigan's 45 first-half points were second only to the 55 scored against Chicago in 1939 and matched in 1991 against Northwestern.

Thomas' 6-yard run gave the Wolverines a 52-0 lead with 10:08 left in the third period. The Wolverines' Hayden Epstein kicked two fourth-quarter field goals before Hoosiers coach Cam Cameron replaced Randle El with junior Tommy Jones.

Michigan led 3-0 after Jeff Del Verne kicked a 40-yard field goal with 8:02 left in the first quarter. Randle El moved the Hoosiers from their own 20 to the Wolverines' 32 before Todd Howard ended the drive with his fourth interception of the season. Nine plays later, Thomas barreled 7 yards and over two Indiana goal line defenders for a touchdown with 3:08 left.

 Michigan's Anthony Thomas bruises his way 7 yards for the TD.(courtesy: ABCSports)
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 Michigan's Drew Henson launches a 47-yard TD pass to his favorite target David Terrell.
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 Michigan's Drew Henson connects with David Terrell on this 27-yard TD pass. (courtesy: ABCSports)
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 Michigan's Marquise Walker scores off the blocked punt against Indiana.
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